23 August 2010

From NEP Russia will come Socialist Russia

Development, Part 6a

From NEP Russia will come Socialist Russia

The downloadable linked item, a short speech to the Moscow Soviet in November 1922, gives more of the background and history of the NEP. 

There is so much that is strong from Lenin, and it ranges so widely that it is difficult to keep in mind that after the October 1917 revolution he only had four years of good health (interrupted by the assassination attempt of August 1918). During 1922 and 1923 he was mostly ill and he died in January 1924.

Therefore Lenin’s leadership of the policy that he more than any other is associated with, namely the New Economic Policy, or NEP, only went for about a year from its beginning, which was in March, 1921.

The NEP was abandoned in favour of collectivisation and full central planning in 1928, under the leadership of J V Stalin.

As can be seen in the last paragraph of the speech of Lenin’s to the Moscow Soviet, he intended “that NEP Russia will become socialist Russia.” This phrase is echoed in the translation given on the Internet for the slogan in Russian on the NEP poster (above). The other image is of a peasant produce market held during the NEP.

How the transition to socialism was to take place or exactly what it meant in Lenin’s mind is a matter of study. Which we will continue to do with the next of these three items on the NEP.

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